Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

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Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006


John Holloway (violin)

“The most important single book in violin literature” (John Holloway)

“Holloway… uses rubato continually: notes extended for expressive emphasis are balanced by moments where the music flows forward unimpeded. This is heard most impressively in the florid introductory adagios to the first two sonatas; the aim is to bring out the music's rhetorical, expressive character and Holloway succeeds brilliantly. In the more energetic music, he suggests the passionate quality of a good live performance - the moto perpetuo finale to the First Sonata is extremely exciting and tension builds powerfully in the passages in the Third Sonata's fugue with reiterated open strings.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2006

GGramophone Awards 2007

Finalist - Baroque Instrumental

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Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006


“Beautiful violin playing. Beautiful Bach playing. Beautiful recording. Beautiful presentation.” The Strad

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J S Bach - Sonatas & Partitas

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Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 3 in E major, BWV1016

Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 4 in C minor, BWV1017


Arthur Grumiaux (violin) & Egida Giordani Sartori (harpsichord)

"Grumiaux comes closer than any other violinist I have heard to an ideal performance ... There is a kind of honesty to Bach's intentions here ... that I find deeply impressive and often very exciting." Gramophone

“Exceptionally fine performances of Bach's masterpieces in recordings that still sound great. Grumiaux combines integrity with virtuosity, while his sense of musical architecture underpins the direction and pacing of each piece.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2006 *****

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Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

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Gidon Kremer (violin)

“…there is often an expressive intensity about his approach which leaves us in no doubt about the depth of his feelings.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2005 ***

“Are a beautiful sound and a warm, singing tone as important to you as intelligent, stylish interpretation in Bach's Sonatas and Partitas? If so, you probably won't sympathise with Gidon Kremer's seeming determination to bypass his instrument in pursuit of musical truths, nor the hard-hitting, raw, squeezed-out quality of many notes above the stave and loud broken chords (although Kremer's intonation is, for the most part, absolutely dead-on).
The utterly unprettified G minor and C major Sonatas' adagios, for example, are brisker and grittier than what one usually hears.While many treat the B minor Partita's opening Allemande as an expansive aria, Kremer's headlong tempo, emphatic double-dotting and pronounced dynamic contrasts realise the music's French ouverture implications, making it easy to slip into the following Double movement unnoticed. Following a dazzling sprint through the Presto Double Kremer reduces the Sarabande and Double to a studied and rather precious whisper.
Kremer shapes the three sonatas' fugues in large, dramatic arcs, intensified by subtle tempo fluctuations. His unusually soft playing of the D minor Chaconne's most virtuoso passages convinces more than his dynamic exaggerations in bars 32-33. Similarly, the E major Partita's archly phrased Gavotte and Rondeau contrast with Kremer's imaginatively inflected, tough, driving dispatch of the Preludio.
With Kremer's earlier solo Bach set unavailable, his equally controversial yet more evolved (and better engineered) remakes offer ample food for thought, if not quite a first choice.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006


‘Technically Perlman is beyond reproach. There is brilliance in the faster movements, delicacy in the galanteries, and grave expressiveness in the slower music. As the coupling of the names of Bach and Perlman is not one that readily springs to mind, this fine recording has come as a real surprise.’ (Gramophone)

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Rosette Winner

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Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006


Jaap Schröder (Baroque violin)

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Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

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GGramophone Awards 1997

Winner - Editor's Choice

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Benjamin Schmid (violin)

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